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EPA Renews its FACA BOSC
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the EPA Board of Scientific Counselorsis in the public interest and isnecessary in connection with theperformance of EPA's duties.Accordingly, the BOSC will be renewedfor an additional two-year period.

Thepurpose of BOSC is to provide adviceand recommendations to the EPA Administrator regarding science andengineering research, programs and plans, laboratories, and researchmanagement practices.

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  • Comment on ICR for Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Council
    The U.S. Department of Commerce will submit to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Application Forms for Membership on a National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. OMB Control Number: 0648-0397. Section 315 of the U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries Act (16 U.S.C. 1445a) allows the Secretary of Commerce to establish one or more advisory councils to provide advice to the Secretary regarding the designation and management of national marine sanctuaries. Executive Order 13178 similarly established a Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Council pursuant to the NMSA for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve. Councils are individually chartered for each site to meet its specific needs. Once an advisory council has been chartered, a sanctuary superintendent starts a process to recruit members for that council by providing notice to the public and requesting interested parties to apply for the available seat(s) (e.g., Research, Education) and position(s) (i.e., council member or alternate). The information obtained through this application process will be used to determine the qualifications of the applicant for membership on the advisory council. Any comments are due to OMB by June 21, 2018.

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